Iranian Baloch activist risks being extradited to Iran after arrest in Turkey

Abdollah Bozorgzadeh, Iranian Baloch activist. (Twitter) June 13, 2020 An Iranian Baloch activist risks being extradited to Iran and facing execution after he was arrested by the Turkish intelligence services in Ankara on Thursday. Abdollah Bozorgzadeh was arrested outside his home early Thursday in Ankara by agents from Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT), [...]

By |June 13th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Turkey to open Iran, Iraq border gates this week to boost trade

A Turkish soldier stands at Iran-Turkey Border. (Reuters) June 3, 2020 Turkey will open its Gurbulak border gate with Iran and the Habur border gate with Iraq this week in order to help boost trade as coronavirus containment measures are eased, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Wednesday. In an interview with state [...]

By |June 3rd, 2020|Turkey|

Iran minister says Turkey unwilling to repair gas pipeline blown up in attack

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh talks to reporters in Algeria on Sept 27, 2016. (Reuters) By Maryam Sinaiee May 26, 2020 Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh on Monday blamed Turkey for not showing interest in repairing a gas pipeline near the Iranian border blown up by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in March. [...]

By |May 26th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey-Iran border open for trucks despite contagion risk

Turkish truck drivers recently complained about the poor health conditions there and the bad treatment they received from Iranian customs police. (IRIB) May 9, 2020 Despite the continuing risk of contagion, Iran and Turkey decided on Thursday to partially re-open their Bazargan (Gurbulak in Turkey) land border for 60 trucks per day on [...]

By |May 9th, 2020|Turkey|

Iranians continue buying houses in Turkey despite coronavirus pandemic

Bay View Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul, Turkey. (RFE-RL) April 18, 2020 Official Turkish statistics released on Friday shows Iranians have continued buying houses in neighboring Turkey despite the escalating coronavirus pandemic in the country. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute's latest report released on Friday, with 465 properties purchased in [...]

By |April 18th, 2020|Turkey|

Twin pressures adding friction to Iran-Turkey ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters) By Majid Rafizadeh April 10, 2020 Until recently, Turkey and Iran maintained a cordial relationship due to the convergence of their interests in the region, specifically in the geopolitical and economic arenas. Both countries oppose the US forces’ involvement in Syria, while [...]

By |April 10th, 2020|Turkey|

US believes Iran was ‘directly involved’ in killing of Iranian dissident in Turkey

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Reuters) April 2, 2020 The United States believes Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security was directly involved in the killing of an Iranian dissident last November in Turkey, a senior administration official told Reuters on Wednesday. Masoud Molavi Vardanjani was shot dead on an Istanbul street on [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA|

Iran assassination in Istanbul latest regime murder abroad

Masoud Molavi Vardanjani (R) with the late Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani (C), undated, (Tasnim) By Ismaeel Naar April 1, 2020 The recent revelation that intelligence officers at Iran's consulate in Turkey instigated the killing of Iranian dissident Masoud Molavi Vardanjani last November is just the latest example of a long-standing foreign policy practice of the Islamic [...]

By |April 1st, 2020|Europe, Turkey|

Iranians increasingly seek Turkish citizenship to evade sanctions

Men walk at the Galata bridge with two Turkey flags, in Istanbul, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP) March 31, 2020 Buying property in Turkey in return for Turkish citizenship has become a new way for Iranians to evade sanctions, mostly through the use of bitcoin. Such “gray zone” schemes, however, which were [...]

By |March 31st, 2020|Turkey|

Iran says natgas exports to Turkey halted after attack by “terrorists”

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) March 31, 2020 Iran said on Tuesday its natural gas exports to Turkey have stopped after an attack on a pipeline inside the neighbouring country, an Iranian official told state TV. “This morning, terrorists [...]

By |March 31st, 2020|Turkey|